For many people in KELOLAND, summertime means rodeo season. And rodeos have been a favorite for a long time.
In this week’s Flashback Friday, we take you to the Dakota Stampede rodeo in 1982.
Before the National Anthem plays on opening night a cowboy must first of all register after arriving from points all over North America.
The rodeo livestock must be rounded up and prepared for tonight’s competition. And maybe most importantly the guy in charge of keeping the audience and cowboys on their toes, the rodeo announcer as to keep up with all these activities.
“I want to bring the excitement that I would bring to a play by play for football or basketball on television or radio to the arena for the fans who are here to see professional rodeo.”
Thompson hails from Watertown and spends 16 weekends a year keeping rodeo audiences across the Midwest informed.
“I have records of where somebody was last week and what they were doing last month so I can have as much information about each cowboy as I possibly can.”
Thompson says the Dakota stampede rodeo is mainly a prestiege rodeo. The prize money may not be that much.
The overall winner gets $600 but the people involved combined with livestock make a lot of cowboys happy to spend this weekend in Aberdeen.
Meinerts, KELOLAND News at the Dakota Stampede rodeo in Aberdeen.